Directors Guild of America

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The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the union association of American directors based in Hollywood .


It represents the rights and interests of over 13,400 directors (as of July 2007) from the film , theater , advertising and television industries . The DGA was formed in 1960 from the merger of the Screen Directors Guild (founded in 1936 ) and the Radio and Television Directors Guild (founded in 1947 ). It is headquartered in Hollywood . Director Thomas Schlamme has been acting president since 2017 .

The DGA has presented the Directors Guild of America Award (DGA Award) in several categories every year since 1948 (founded by the Screen Actors Guild ) .

Some directors, including George Lucas and Robert Rodriguez , are not members of the association. These directors are not allowed to direct any film of the major American film studios, since these studios are contractually obliged to only employ directors who are members of the association ( closed shop ).


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  1. Apted re-elected as President of the DGA ( July 5, 2007 memento on the Internet Archive ) - Hollywood Reporter article, accessed July 2, 2007